PA Beef Producer, Amy Hess and CO Beef Producer, Sallie Miller walked students through the difference in raising cattle in geographically different parts of the country.
PA Beef Council would like to extend a sincere thank you to the beef producers
who opened the gate to their farms to make this effort possible. Frank
Stoltzfus, Farm Manager at Masonic Village Farm noted,
"Over many years, we at Masonic Village Farm, have been able to work with the Pennsylvania Beef Council to help educate people about how beef is produced. Some of the people have been fellow producers and some have been consumers. By doing these live Virtual Classroom Tours, for the first time we have been able to bring students to our farm without leaving their classroom. They were able to see our operation as it operates every day. Maybe the best part of the 3 tours was the Q&A where we were able to answers questions posed directly to us by the students. This program is an excellent way to help inform people about agriculture and for them to see the farm live without a lot of expense."
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval. Internal links within this document are funded and maintained by the Beef Checkoff. All other outgoing links are to websites maintained by third parties.
PA Beef Producer, Scotty Miller of Masonic Village Farm walked students through a snapshot of life on the farm.